Greetings Spalding Alumni!
I am James “KJ “Abrams, Spalding University’s Chairman of the Alumni Leadership Council. I am honored to serve as the chairman and to work with such a diverse group of prestigious alumni. I am dedicated to growing alumni engagement through diversity, events, and community service.

With Baxter Yarbrough
Baxter Yarbrough is a 2022 Spalding graduate that received his Master's of Art in Teaching. Yarbrough is a John Robert Lewis Fellow with the Faith and Politics Institute! In his work with the organization, he builds relationships with aspiring leaders from across the country who have devoted their talents to creating positive social change and who are inspired by the works of Congressman John Lewis and other civil rights leaders. Prior to having accepted his fellowship, he served the community of Eminence, KY as a high school social studies teacher and club sponsor. Paramount to his work is his commitment to The Six Principles of Nonviolence inspired by the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Congratulations to Baxter on his success!

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Let's congratulate our fellow alumni on their accomplishments!
Congratulations to Amilia Hall on being awarded a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies! Amilia is the first student to earn this degree and the first to earn a Minor in Biology from Spalding University.
Dr. Compton was awarded the 2022 Cardinal Principles Champion Award. The award is designed to honor University of Louisville's faculty and staff who have demonstrated one of the Cardinal Principles at the highest level of impact. Learn more about Dr. Dwayne and the award here.
MFA Alum Steven dos Santos, wrote a new book titled "Malicia." The publication is scheduled for Fall 2023. The deal was brokered by Lynnette Novak of the Seymour Agency. The news was recently featured in Publisher Weekly's Rights Report.

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Upcoming Events!
Come cheer on Spalding baseball! Check out the
official site of Spalding University Athletics for information on upcoming games.

Mark your calendar for Spalding University's 7th Annual Giving Day!! Giving Day officially kicks off at noon on September 1 and runs through noon on September 2. For ONE DAY, we'll come together as ONE SU to celebrate and meet our ONE GOAL of raising $75,000. Stay tuned for more details!

After a two year hiatus, Day at the Downs is back! Celebrate with Spalding Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends on October 1, 2022. Come for a brand new experience at our Annual Day at the Downs. Enjoy an amazing lunch buffet and silent auction while watching the ponies - all included in the ticket purchase!
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Alumni Association Event Photos
Alumni Night at the Slugger Field
Thank you to everyone that helped make this event successful and came out to show support! We had a wonderful Alumni Night at the Slugger Field and can't wait to gather again! Go Golden Eagles!
1972 Golden Reunion
In June, Spalding had the opportunity to celebrate the Class of 1972 by hosting their 50th Golden Reunion while also celebrating 1972 alum Dr. Kathryn Dowd as the Caritas recipient and recent Spalding grads. We look forward to having the Class of 1972 back for the Day at the Downs event on October 1, 2022.
Congratulations to the 2022 new graduates of Spalding University and welcome to the Spalding University Alumni Association! We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments. For more information on how to get in involved and your alumni benefits, view your New Alumni Welcome Newsletter here.
Interested in taking an active role as an alumni leader? Learn more about Spalding’s Alumni Leadership Council and how you can contribute. Spalding’s Alumni Leadership Council strives to organize Spalding University alumni, cultivate connections, and increase alumni engagement. If you are a Spalding graduate and interested in joining the ALC, download and complete the membership application here.
Spalding University has been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program. Their award of nearly $1 million over three years will support the new Integrated C.A.R.E. (Community-based, Accessible, Recovery-oriented Education) Program. Learn more about the HRSA Grant here.

Spalding University has been recognized for its honorable commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students. Spalding University has been named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, Kentucky College of Distinction, and Catholic College of Distinction.
You can leave a lasting legacy and insure the mission of Spalding University endures well into the future. In only 20 minutes, you can create a will that provides peace of mind and security for you and your loved ones at no cost to you. Thank you for your support of Spalding. Click here to make your free will.
Join Spalding's executive-in-residence and Louisville's former mayor Jerry Abramson on August 20 from 9 - 11 am for a conversation with community leaders on understanding the current employment crisis. Panelists include Aida Copic, TARC Director of Planning, Michael Gritton, Executive Director of KentuckianaWorks, X'Zashea Lawson-Mayes, Project Manager of SPOTS, and Mandy Simpson, Chief Policy Officer of Metro United Way. To register for the Leadership Exchange click here.
Beginning this fall, Spalding’s School of Business offers the new graduate concentration in Financial Planning within the MS in Business Communication (MSBC) program. 

Spalding University New Program/ Department Directors
Academic Year 2022-2023
Dr. Erica Gray, Dean of Students
Dr. Anthony Harris, Director of Residence Life-Community Standards and Strategic Partnerships
Madison Martin, Director of Student Engagement
Spalding Athletics News
On July 1, President McClure named Brian Clinard the new Athletic Director. Clinard has been a member of the Spalding family for 10 years where he previously oversaw all strategic communications for the athletics department at Spalding, which includes 16 NCAA Division III varsity athletic programs, including, media, public relations, statistics, graphic design, web content and development, and live broadcasts. Learn more about Brian Clinard here.
Spalding University New Athletics Coaches
Alumni Trivia Corner
Trivia Question

Besides Spalding, what other co-ed institution began as a women's college?

  • Vassar College
  • Georgetown College
  • Middlebury College
  • Wake Forest University

The first alum to answer the question will receive Spalding University Swag and be mentioned in the next alumni newsletter!
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Are you or anyone you know interested in working in a compassionate, friendly, and supportive environment with a healthy work-life balance? Look no more! Spalding University has a few job postings listed, ranging from faculty positions to admissions counselor roles and more! Want to learn more about Spalding's job opportunities? Click the button below. 
Remembering those we have lost and keeping their memories alive.
May 2022- July 2022
Suzanne Groppe Alvey '53
Joan LeBlanc Hellmann '54
Mary L. McMahon '64
James Harold Brown '64
Winifred Lancaster Kilgus Miller
Charles Mary Burns '67
Patricia Ann Thompson Pohl '69
Ann Kernen, SCN '70
Margaret “Celeste” Curlin Moore '71
Nancy Antoinette ("Toni") Reid Zuercher '74

To share an obituary of an alum, please email Alumni Relations Coordinator, Vay Davis at and visit the Alumni In Memoriam webpage on the Spalding Alumni Website.
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